Board of Directors
Mr. Jinnan (Marco) Lai, is our founder, Chief Executive Officer and director. Mr. Lai has served as a director and the Chief Executive Officer of LIZHI BVI since December 2010 and our director and Chief Executive Officer since January 2019. Before founding LIZHI, Mr. Lai was a successful serial entrepreneur in China’s internet industry. He worked as the chief executive officer for Shanghai Labox Information Technology Limited from 2007 to 2010, and also founded Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology Co., Ltd. and served as its president from 2003 to 2007. Before starting his business career, Mr. Lai was a radio host.
Mr. Ning Ding is our co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and director. Mr. Ding has served as a director of LIZHI BVI since March 2012 and our director since January 2019. Mr. Ding has been the chief technology officer of Guangzhou LIZHI since 2010. Previously, Mr. Ding served as the deputy general manager of technology for Shanghai Labox Information Technology Limited from 2007 to 2010. He worked for Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology Co., Ltd. as its development manager from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Ding graduated from Southwest University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and technology.
Mr. Zelong Li is our Chief Operating Officer and director. Mr. Zelong Li has served as our Chief Operating Officer since March 2021 and our director since March 2019. Mr. Li has been a vice president of Guangzhou LIZHI since 2010 and a director of LIZHI BVI since June 2017. Before joining us, Mr. Li served as a product manager for Shanghai Labox Information Technology Limited from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Li graduated from Guangdong Mechanical & Electrical College of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in computer application.
Ms. Juan Ren is our Vice President and director. Ms. Ren has served as our Vice President since May 2015 and our director since January 2020. Ms. Ren has been the vice president of Guangzhou LIZHI since 2011. Previously, Ms. Ren served as a financial manager for a branch of Shenzhen B&K New Energy Co., Ltd. from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Ren graduated from Hubei Polytechnic University.
Mr. Yipeng Li has served as our independent director since January 2020. Mr. Li has served as the chief financial officer and a director of Cloopen Group Holding Limited (NYSE: RAAS) since May 2020 and February 2021, respectively. Prior to that, Mr. Li served as the chief financial officer of Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE: STG) from September 2017 to April 2020. Mr. Li served as the chief financial officer of Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited (HKEx: 241), a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, from September 2015 to September 2017. Prior to that, he was the chief financial officer at Jiuxian.com, a leading online platform for alcohol offerings from March 2015 to August 2015. From June 2010 to February 2015, Mr. Li served as the vice president of iQIYI, Inc. (Nasdaq: IQ), in charge of its financial and legal department. Mr. Li received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Simon Fraser University in 2002. Mr. Li is a member of Chinese Institution of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Ming Zhang has served as our independent director since July 2020. Mr. Zhang has nearly 20 years of experiences in Internet technology industry. He founded Great Wall Club Inc. in 2008 and has been serving as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is also a prominent cross-border angel investor and the founder of GASA University.
Mr. Xiang Wang has served as our independent director since July 2020. Mr. Wang has joined Xiaomi Corporation since 2015, serving as its President since 2019 and the Senior Vice President from 2015 to 2019. He has over 20 years of experiences in semiconductor and communication industry. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President and President of Qualcomm Greater China. Mr. Wang received his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Beijing University of Technology.
Professor Yike Guo has served as our independent director since September 2020. Professor Guo has over 30 years of experience in data science and machine learning and has been developing innovative technology in the industry since the mid-1990s. Professor Guo is currently serving as the Vice-President (Research and Development) of Hong Kong Baptist University (the“HKBU”), leading the development of the university’s overall research strategy, research infrastructure and postgraduate education since January 2020. Professor Guo has also been serving as a Professor of Computing Science in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London since 2002, adjunct professor at Imperial College Business School since 2016 and the founding director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College since 2014. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and a Member of Academia Europaea (MAE) in 2018. Professor Guo founded InforSense Limited in 1999, an Imperial College spin-off software company specializing in big data analysis for life science and medicine, and served as its CEO until 2009. After InforSense Limited was merged with IDBS, a global advanced R&D software provider, in 2009, Professor Guo served as the Chief Innovation Officer of the IDBS until 2018. Professor Guo received a first-class honours degree in Computing Science from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in Computational Logic from Imperial College.
Mr. Junhua Zhang has served as our independent director since June 2021. Mr. Zhang has nearly 30 years of extensive international experience in corporate management and strategic human resource development. He has served as the Chairman for DeliveryChinatown Pte. Ltd. since April 2020, a Singapore-based technology company focusing on food delivery and e-commerce services. He also served as the Vice President of CFLD (Singapore) Investment Pte. Ltd from 2016 to 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Zhang spent over 20 years at The Procter & Gamble Company, served as the Vice President of Human Resources in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Zhang has a dual bachelor’s degree in Thermal Science and Energy Technology as well as Marketing from the University of Science and Technology of China.